Introduction: Wallet Made From Tyvek Mailing Envelope

I have made a very lightweight but functional wallet / art piece, from a Tyvek postal envelope. Inspired by the duck tape wallet, I thought I would like something a little lighter in weight. What better material than tyvek? It is very durable, and we get them in the mail all the time. This design uses only one envelope, including the adhesive strip ( if you are using a new envelope ). For the purpose of this design I used a new envelope, to make cutting and photographing easier and to show how you can utilize the adhesive strip for assembling the wallet. When possible, I suggest using a recycled envelope from a package someone sent you. You can use clear postal tape to assemble the wallet.

Note: If you can find one with a clear window, you could somehow utilize that portion to display your drivers license once assembled, but the cutting would need to be modified for this purpose.

If anyone can add to this design, I would love the feedback. Ideally it would be better to be able to fold the envelope and only do a few cuts. Maybe someone with origami knowledge can help us with this idea?

Step 1: How to Cut the Envelope

What you will need:

1 tyvek mailing envelope ( new or recycled )
1 pair of scissors ( or x-acto knife )
1 ruler ( metric )
Optional: Clear packing tape if using a recycled envelope

The first image shows how to cut the envelope into its main parts: A - B - C - D ( D has a qty 2). Measurements are in mm. The adhesive strip is shown cut into its parts, which is optional.

Note: Cut adhesive strip LAST! This really gums up your scissors / knife. The adhesive will need to be cleaned off with a solvent such as fingernail polish remover ( Wear gloves and goggles people! )

Cut along the lines as shown. You will end up with part A that is 90 mm tall and is the main bill pocket. Note that it is already nicely sealed on 3 sides so your bills don't stick to any tape. You will also end up with Part B which is the secondary pocket 70 mm tall, and part C the inside of the secondary pocket 60 mm tall ( B & C are now really just a folded piece of tyvek once they are cut apart from the envelope ). You will have a quantity of 2 part D's, which are sheets of tyvek 120 x 200 mm. Left over will be a small amount of scrap plus the adhesive strip.

Step 2: Parts After Cutting

Here is an image of the parts once you have made the proper cuts.

Step 3: Modify Part B - Secondary Pocket

Here you can see we will slightly modify part B, so that one side is slightly taller than the other. Cut 15 mm off, so that one side will now be 55 mm.

Step 4: Fold Part D

Fold both sheets of part D into 4ths, as shown. These will be your credit card holders, D left and D right.

Step 5: Parts Prior to Assembly

Here you can see my adhesive strips cut to size, near where they will be assembled. You can now insert Part C into Part B making the b / c assembly, and stack it on top of part A the main pocket, as shown.

Step 6: Assemble

Here you can see both part D's being put into the secondary pocket B. D will be in front of part C.

Step 7: Adhesive ( Tape)

You can now use the long adhesive strip and place it on the bottom, which will stick the B/C pocket assembly to Part A. Notice how the part D credit card holders stick out slightly on the sides. This will help stick it all together in the next step.

Step 8: Tape the Sides

Use the small adhesive strips to tape both sides.

Step 9: Center Adhesive Strip

Place one of the smaller strips inside, across the inside flaps on part B / C and onto A. This will form some divided inside pockets. Remember to place the adhesive strip slightly off center, so that when you fold the wallet, it does not fold on the adhesive strip.

You will be left with an extra strip of adhesive, use it to further customize your wallet or make repairs later on!

Step 10: Finished!

The finished product!

Step 11: Hipster PDA Compatible!

The size of this wallet lets you do two things:

1- You can use your Hipster PDA To clip the bundle together - or -

2- You can put your hipster inside the wallet, eliminating the clip!

  • You could further modify this design by making a slit in the wallet, thereby allowing you to insert a small pencil, or use some of the leftover tyvek to make a pencil holder.